MLB.com writers share favorite baseball books

Mark Newman:

47 of us MLB.com writers have just shared our favorite baseball book titles to help others with Summer Reading. Ball Four tops Moneyball, 8-6, to lead the list. See the extraordinary roundup on our official MLB.com Baseball Books Blog at http;//books.mlblogs.com and be sure to comment with YOUR favorites. – Mark

Originally posted on Baseball Books:

Time for some summer reading? You’re in luck. We invited our esteemed writing colleagues at MLB.com to suggest at least one favorite baseball book. Ball Four tops Moneyball, 8-6, for most mentions. David Halberstam has the most suggested works with three. Some titles will surprise you. These 47 folks write about baseball for a living, in some cases books as well, so take their advice and happy reading.

Jordan Bastian: Fifty-nine in ’84 By Edward Achorn.

Mike Bauman: Eight Men Out by Eliot Asinof.

Summer of '49Jason Beck: I read Summer of ’49 while in college, and for me it’s still the standard. Really good individual storytelling woven into the bigger context of a pennant race and its place in the larger culture.

Barry Bloom:The Iowa Baseball Confederacy by W.P. Kinsella. Shoeless Joe was turned into a cliche by the movie “Field of Dreams.” Iowa stands on its own as…

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MLB.com Pro Blogs of the Day

These are some of the latest PRO posts within the Major League Baseball family. If you have a post of your own you want to feature, make sure to leave a link in the comments below.

  • The Astros launched their new Mission Control blog with a fitting introductory message.
  • Dodger Insider points out the Dodgers’ pitching is set up beautifully for the SF series.
  • Bryan Hoch writes that Yankees GM Brian Cashman is trying to upgrade the offense.
  • Beat writer Jason Beck asks what’s next for the Tigers before the July 31 Trade Deadline.
  • Todd Zolecki reports Jonathan Papelbon may end up staying in Philly and facing the boos.
  • Mets beat writer Anthony DiComo pays tribute to Jenrry Mejia’s victory dance in GIF format.
  • Our Game features Part 2 of John Thorn’s guide to Major League Baseball record keeping.
  • Photog Brace Hemmelgarn shares his photos from the All-Star Game over at Twins Pics.
  • John & Cait highlight the 2014 National PLAY Campaign’s recent stop at Miller Park.
  • Comic-Con is happening in San Diego and Friar Wire explains how Petco Park is part of it.
  • Twintern Cassie Kautzman recaps an exciting and crazy All-Star Week in Minneapolis.

Welcome to Astros Mission Control!

Mark Newman:

Very happy to announce that the Houston Astros have just “launched” MISSION CONTROL, their new club PRO blog. It’s maintained by Amanda Rykoff, a well-known force in social media, so i can guarantee this is going to be a popular and must-see addition to our MLB.com/blogs community. Check it out and be among the first to Follow it by entering your email in the right side panel. We have liftoff.

Originally posted on Astros Mission Control:

Howdy and welcome to Astros Mission Control! This is your friendly Astros social media manager, Amanda Rykoff, here to share some of the behind the scenes action at Minute Maid Park and on the road, the stories behind the tweets and anything else that seems worth posting about.

Like George Springer’s batting practice dancing:

Or Astros Dog Day highlights:

A well-dressed pooch on Astros Dog Day

Or a special pre-game visit with the Sunshine Kids:

Or the Monster Claw:

And of course the shenanigans of our beloved mascot, Orbit.

Altuve and Orbit rock the Astros shades

Altuve and Orbit rock the Astros shades

(Since we’re talking about Orbit, we have to include this famous dance-off as well):

We’ll have information about upcoming specials and promotions at Minute Maid Park, including giveaways and new food items. We’re also looking forward to sharing occasional guest posts from players, team executives and friends of the Astros.

Welcome aboard and prepare for liftoff!

- Amanda
@amandarykoff

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Cubs not ready to pay for Price

Mark Newman:

The No. 1 place for MLB Trade Deadline talk is http://mlb.mlblogs.com — updated around the clock by our 30 beat reporters (the ONLY network of 30 traveling beat reporters, by the way) and editors. See why this blog ranked No. 1 overall in page views for 2013 in the MLB.com Blogs community. And start your own blog here, too, since MLB.com is the gateway to everyone’s traffic.

Originally posted on Trade Buzz:

At the All-Star Game, Tampa’s David Price said Chicago “would be the coolest city to win a championship in right now.” Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein and GM Jed Hoyer feel the same way, which is what enticed them to join the Cubs.

On Monday, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal wrote that the Cubs should pursue Price and deal some of the team’s top prospects for the pitcher. The Cubs do need starting pitching, but they are not contenders this year, and most likely not in 2015 either. How does Hoyer feel about the rumors?

“I don’t really pay attention,” Hoyer said Monday in a radio interview on The Game 87.7. “There are going to be a lot of rumors about our players and our acquiring good players because of the good talent we have in the Minors. I think we’ll be lumped into the rumors. We just sort…

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The Dream Dozen: Best Part Of Target Field

Johnny Goryl
I grew up a Twins fan because my uncle, Johnny Goryl, played and coached for the Twins in the 1960s and managed them in 1980-81. While working 2014 All-Star Week for MLB.com, I was able to go back to my roots and live out a dream in Minnesota. My cousin Tammy, one of Uncle Johnny’s three kids (also Susan and J.D.), told me during the week to look for an exhibit of all the Minnesota Twins managers at Target Field. So in the sixth inning of the All-Star Game, my last chance to find it after filing an in-game story, I asked Mitch Hestad, the Twins’ Manager of Baseball Communications, if he knew where this exhibit was. Per his direction, I went out the press box and up one level to the Private Suites Corridor, where I saw the most beautiful art gallery of my life. Hank Aaron was walking past a large painting of my Uncle Johnny, signing autographs, just as I found it. It was an entire hallway, the best part of Target Field, the ultimate tribute to skippers, and I will present them here to send a link to Uncle Johnny. Thank you, Twins.

I chose to leave the skewed imagery because they reflect how a sportswriter working in the sixth inning had to quickly photograph each painting with his iPhone before quickly returning to Derek Jeter’s last All-Star Game. I left a matting effect that shows their actual wall positioning as viewed during a walk through the corridor, and that’s me with Uncle Johnny in the last one. Their plaques list name and years managed in Minnesota, and apologies that those are not legible, so I added captions. In spite of the “FIRE” light over Cookie and the rapid turnover in those early years, note that the Twins have had just two managers since 1986. There have been these 12 managers since the Washington Senators moved from Minnesota to become the Twins in 1961.

MLB.com Pro Blogs of the Day

These are some of the latest PRO posts within the Major League Baseball family. If you have a post of your own you want to feature, make sure to leave a link in the comments below.

  • MLB Network’s Jim Kaat looks at the spate of arm injuries that have befallen pitchers.
  • The Giants’ Brandon Belt discusses Madison Bumgarner’s second grand slam of 2014.
  • TribeVibe looks back at the Indians’ first half with highlights and off-the-field stories.
  • Joe Frisaro reports that Jose Fernandez may be a year away from returning to the mound.
  • Former scout Bernie Pleskoff shares his thoughts from the Futures Game in Minneapolis.
  • Phillies Insider Larry Shenk offers up his thoughts on the first half of the Phils’ season.
  • Dodger Insider posted a video of the legendary Vin Scully remembering the moon landing.
  • Cubs Vine Line Blog profiles Rick Reuschel, the team’s standout player from the 1970s.
  • Teen blogger Baseball with Matt posted the third installment of his “All-Small Hall” team.

MLB.com Pro Blogs of the Day

These are some of the latest PRO posts within the Major League Baseball family. If you have a post of your own you want to feature, make sure to leave a link in the comments below.

  • The Cutoff Man Jack O’Connell writes that a weary bullpen has been costly for the Yankees.
  • Inside the White Sox was there when the team signed Number One pick Carlos Rodon.
  • TribeVibe highlights the incredibly productive first half by the Indians’ Michael Brantley.
  • Around the Horn in KC explains why July 11 would make an excellent Bo Jackson Day.
  • Zach Steinhorn unveils MLB.com Fantasy 411’s NL Fantasy All-Star Team for 2014.
  • Friar Wire talks to 105-year old Agnes McKee, who throws out the first pitch on July 20.
  • Better Off Red has entertaining photos of current Reds if they had played a long time ago.
  • As part of its series looking back, Cubs Vine Line Blog profiles Cubs legend Ron Santo.
  • John & Cait try the Miller Park Bloody Mary as part of their continuing food review series.

Latest Leaders – June 2014

Latest Leaders logoWhile you are no doubt hard at work supporting two favorite candidates in the All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian, we have some other suggested stars to show you here. It’s the monthly Latest Leaders for June. Is your blog listed? If so, brag about it in the comments! MLB.com Blogs is the place to be during the second half of the season as new fan bloggers like The O.co Show share their insights alongside a Hall of Fame scribe like Tracy Ringolsby. If you haven’t yet discovered his blog, Write ‘em Cowboy, it’s an absolute must-follow and a lock to make its Latest Leaders debut next month, along with the relaunched Trade Deadline juggernaut. So get in the game by creating your very own MLB.com Blog, powered by WordPress.com.

Latest Leaders ranked by page views from June 1-30:

MLB PRO
Look for Final Vote updates on some of these club blogs…
1. Dodger Insider
2. John & Cait…Plus Nine
3. Friar Wire
4. TribeVibe
5. Brandon and Brandon
6. Dodgers Photog Blog
7. SF Giants Photos
8. MLB.com Fantasy 411
9. Better Off Red
10. On Cloud Conine
11. From the Corner of Edgar & Dave
12. Cubs Vine Line Blog
13. MLB Urban Youth Academy – Compton, CA
14. Our Game
15. White Shark
16. The Halo Way
17. Curly W Live
18. MLB.com Blogs Central (lol)
19. Around the Horn in KC
20. Clubhouse Confidential
21. OutsidePitchMLB LLC
22. Inside the White Sox
23. MURRAY COOK’S FIELD & BALLPARK BLOG
24. Speaking Baseball
25. Phillies Insider
26. CastroTurf
27. Desde el Desierto
28. Alyson’s Footnotes
29. Roof Report
30. Baseball Books
31. Braves Give
32. Comerica Park, 48201
33. Newberg Report
34. Twins Pics
35. FISH TALES
36. Rays Radio
37. Homestand Blog by Yankees Magazine
38. Down the Line with the Phillies Ballgirls
39. Jesse Sanchez at the Park
40. BERNIE’S BASEBALL WORLD
41. Matt’s Bats
42. 1 Citizens Bank Way
43. TVA Jacques
44. From the Booth with Steve Stewart
45. MLBPAA Intern Insider
46. Baseball with Matt
47. Justice4U
48. The Cutoff Man
49. Step up to B.A.T.
50. My Serendipitous Life as a Baseball Wife

MiLB PRO
The Draft has fans looking into the pipeline for the stars of tomorrow…
1. MiLB.com’s PROSPECTive Blog
2. Ben’s Biz Blog
3. The Dash Board
4. Rattler Radio
5. On the Mike with Mike Safford (Voice of the Boise Hawks)
6. The Inside Pitch
7. Callis’ Corner
8. B3: Big, Bald and Beautiful
9. Inside the Jackson Generals
10. ‘Riders Insider Blog
11. Porcupines in Pinstripes
12. ‘Cats Corner
13. It’s All Relative
14. Salem Sox Talk
15. M-Braves Clubhouse Report
16. Inside the San Jose Giants
17. Rollin’ with Rick
18. Unlocking the Keys
19. 45 Miles From Fenway
20. Playing In Peoria
21. Inside the Clubhouse with Mike Antonellis
22. Red, White and the 3-0 Green Light
23. Chirp Chatter
24. Intimidating Insight
25. Hit Bull Win Blog
26. Staten Island Yankees
27. From The Press Box
28. The G-Blog
29. Bill On Baseball
30. Hook, Line, and Sinker
31. Sound Bytes Blog
32. Knight Fever
33. The 2-2 Pitch
34. Docking With the Ports
35. Not Just Baseball…Aceball
36. From the Nest
37. Burlington Royals
38. Maurer’s Musings
39. CurveBall Blog
40. Barons Beat
41. Bird Droppings
42. The Tune-Up Blog
43. Inside the Chiefs
44. B-Mets Buzz with Tim Heiman
45. Brevard County Manatees

FANS
Bullpen, Baseball & Sock Talk continues her ascent up the rankings …
1. Tilted Cap
2. The Baseball Collector
3. The AustralianBaseballDigest
4. The Brewer Nation
5. The Unbiased MLB Fan
6. Cove Chatter
7. Cook & Sons’ Baseball Adventures
8. Born on Third
9. The Ballpark Guide
10. Beisbol 007
11. La Pagina de Tony Menendez
12. The Baseball Haven
13. Fish Fry
14. mlbblogger
15. Dedicado al Baseball
16. Dodger Blue World
17. Bullpen, Baseball & Sock Talk
18. Pepper :a Mets Blog
19. Where Everyone’s a Giant
20. Pinstripe Birthdays
21. eltubeyero22
22. Observing Baseball
23. Minoring In Baseball
24. The Cub Den
25. Phillies Phollowers
26. Coco Crisp’s Afro
27. 7000 Coliseum Way
28. BrokeMets
29. The Dugout Perspective
30. Plouffe’s New Hairdo
31. baseballqueen
32. 81 Giants for 93
33. Flashin’ Leather
34. 2r2d
35. Gamer Babes from Half Moon Bay
36. The Baseball Sociologist
37. Pinstripe State of Mind
38. More Splash Hits
39. The Yankee Dinosaur
40. My Fantasy MLBlog
41. The O.Co Show
42. The Angels’ Ace
43. Bumgarner Snotrockets
44. The Blue Jays Dugout
45. ThatBallhawk
46. Irrational Pastime
47. Rox Addict
48. steel city ballhawk
49. OllieNYankees
50. Perfect Pitch

MLB.COM BEAT WRITERS
MLB.com’s team of writers continues crisscrossing the continent to keep you in the know…
1. Muskat Ramblings
2. Beck’s Blog
3. Mark My Word
4. The Zo Zone
5. Postcards From Elysian Fields
6. Bowman’s Blog
7. Bombers Beat
8. Britt’s Bird Watch
9. By Gosh, It’s Langosch
10. Mariners Musings
11. Tag’s Lines
12. Gonzo and ‘The Show’
13. The Fish Pond
14. North of the Border
15. Brownie Points
16. Brew Beat
17. Major League Bastian
18. Mets Cetera
19. Change for a Nickel
20. All Nats All the Time

Reminder: Blogs only can be tracked for this list if they use an MLB theme. If you switch to a different WordPress.com theme for a day or two during that month, those page views will not be included for these purposes because they cannot be recorded by MLB.com.

MLB.com Pro Blogs of the Day

These are some of the latest PRO posts within the Major League Baseball family. If you have a post of your own you want to feature, make sure to leave a link in the comments below.

  • In his Write ‘em Cowboy blog, Trace Ringolsby sees something special brewing in Milwaukee.
  • Former Major League scout Bernie Pleskoff takes stock of the David Price sweepstakes.
  • Friar Wire shares videos clips from Thursday night’s tribute to Tony Gwynn at Petco Park.
  • Baseball Books has Paul Hagen’s review of Willie Randolph’s new book, The Yankee Way.
  • Christy Mathewson is the subject of MLB historian John Thorn‘s latest Picture Portfolio.
  • On Cloud Conine compiled the 13 best things happening at Marlins Park this homestand.
  • Baseball with Matt examines the career of former pitcher Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez.
  • The young Pro Blogger behind Matt’s Bats published his scouting report on the Cubs.

MLB.com Pro Blogs of the Day

These are some of the latest PRO posts within the Major League Baseball family. If you have a post of your own you want to feature, make sure to leave a link in the comments below.

  • MLB.com’s Tracy Ringolsby writes that the Pirates are night owls with a nocturnal offense.
  • Bill Center shares some illuminating Tony Gwynn anecdotes in a piece for Friar Wire.
  • Clubhouse Confidential says games like Sunday’s dramatic extra-inning affair create fans.
  • Jamie Ramsey found some very positive statistical trends for the Reds in Better Off Red.
  • Beat writer Todd Zolecki reports Chase Utley doesn’t plan on going anywhere this summer.
  • MLBPipeline.com’s Jonathan Mayo discusses the White Sox and unsigned Carlos Rodon.
  • Tom Singer argues for keeping Josh Harrison in the lineup with Neil Walker returning.
  • SF Giants Photos posted a photo gallery from the team’s tribute to the late Tony Gwynn.
  • Jack O’Connell points out the Blue Jays are a different club away from Yankee Stadium.
  • Inside the White Sox looks at breakout South Side rookie Jose Abreu by the numbers.
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